Great teachers inspire; they educate our hearts and minds, feed our curiosity and drive us to think critically. Those skills are at the heart of what has made Charleston Southern University’s College of Education (and our alumni) so successful.

The College of Education prepares professional educators who, guided by a strong sense of community and the integration of their faith, are academically strong, skilled and morally committed to educating in a wide range of culturally diverse learning environments. Your purpose? That’s our mission.

Students in our degree programs at Charleston Southern University receive an excellent liberal arts core curriculum, professional education courses, experiential learning and content specialty courses.

Located in one of the fastest growing areas of the United States, Charleston Southern University sits central within the Charleston metro area — which offers four school districts available for student teaching, service projects, mission programs and future job opportunities.

Are you the next great teacher/change-maker? Join us at Charleston Southern, where countless Teachers of the Year get their start.

The College of Education consists of 11 undergraduate degree programs.

The College of Education consists of one graduate degree, with many emphases, as well as a doctorate program.


CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

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In 1999, the S.C. General Assembly, recognizing the shortage of teachers in our state, funded the Teaching Fellows Program for South Carolina. The mission of the S.C. Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and to help them develop leadership qualities. Each year, the program provides Fellowships for up to 200 high school seniors who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to the school and community, and a desire to teach South Carolina’s children.

Charleston Southern University’s Teaching Fellows participate in advanced enrichment programs, leadership training, and professional development opportunities. CSU’s Teaching Fellows Program is administered by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement (CERRA). Fellows receive up to $6,000 in yearly scholarships for four years while they complete a degree leading to teacher certification. The scholarship provides up to $5,700 for tuition and board and $300 for enrichment programs (contingent on funding from the S.C. General Assembly). Upon graduation, a Fellow agrees to teach in South Carolina for four years, one year for every year he/she received the Fellowship.

Current high school seniors who are U.S. citizens and legal residents of South Carolina are eligible. For additional information, please contact CERRA at 800-323-4032 or go to CERRA.org/teaching-fellows to apply. For questions specific to the Teaching Fellows Program at Charleston Southern University, please contact the director, Mrs. Kimberly Baggs, at 843-863-7571.

As the regional higher education partner, the College of Education at Charleston Southern University works with 13 area high schools with the primary goal of the Teacher Cadet Program to encourage academically talented, high-achieving, high school students with exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills to consider teaching as a career.

An important secondary goal of the program is to develop future community leaders who will become civic advocates for public education.

Usually high school students enroll in this class at their high school, and students receive three college credits from CSU for successful completion of this program.

For more information, contact your high school guidance counselor or visit  TeacherCadets.com.

Education majors have the opportunity to participate in preprofessional series of meetings, activities and opportunities.  Any Charleston Southern student interested in becoming a teacher is encouraged to attend these monthly meetings.  This student-led organization also participates in service learning opportunities and networking with area high schools.

The Future Teachers Society meets monthly and invites guests, including current teachers, principals, superintendents, and school district hiring personnel.

Charleston Southern University, in conjunction with numerous sponsoring agencies, offers a variety of professional development courses for practicing teachers and administrators. We are affiliated with Berkeley County School District, Georgetown County School District, Santee Cooper, Dorchester District 2 and Lexington 1.

Please contact the staff development coordinator in your district or Dr. Robert J. Doan, assistant dean of education, at CSU 843-863-7619 to inquire about current or future courses being offered by your district.

The Call Me MISTER program stands for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models and seeks to provide more diversity to the teaching profession.

Contact: Princeton McBride, director of the CSU program

Phone: 843-863-8050 | Email: pmcbride@csuniv.edu